Just finished up with Canada AM… I think it went pretty well! One of those days though where it seems like I couldn’t answer a question properly… Man did I feel off my game today! The folks did a super rad interview though, and Ryan McMahon popped by for some B Roll of us singing his new song “Wake Up”, (which I am suuper stoked for, wicked melodies, stay tuned ladies and gents!).
The filming at work really made me miss the kids though! Now just adding some finishing touches to my speach for the Evening to Inspire event tomorrow (http://www.eveningtoinspire.com/ … Check it out!). Pretty excited, I feel so legit! Like I said before, life has become a bit of a gongshow. It’s a lot of fun, but stressful! Good stress though, and I still can’t believe that this is techincally my job right now.
Seriously though man, my arm, I’m not even kidding you, is going to drive me nuuuts. How we take for granted the “little” things until something changes. I mean, not even being able to lift my arm past shoulder height = BEYOND frustrating. Not to mention the fact you can’t even sleep on it properly. I’m one of those annoying people too who push themselves and blah blah, so when something stops me it drives me loco. Ask my physio :P. But yes, seems I’ve got damage going on from the later effects of radiation (scar tissue, limited mobility, problems with lymph drainage)… Ay caramba! That’s one thing about cancer that still gets me… Once you think it’s kicked you down until you can’t hit any lower, it proves you wrong and brings you down some more.
It’s so frustrating that you might kick cancer in the butt, but then have to face all the other side effects that come with the package. Still though, I’m here, and plan on being here for plenty more time, so any side effects that come my way, bring it on baby!
Also want to give a HUGE shout out to my super awesome support network. I’m feelin’ cheesy today. My parental unit, there is no way I would’ve made it through this without you. My family, you guys have been MORE than amazing. My friends, you guys are the best of the best (legit, my friends rock my socks). Best friend (aka sub sister) and boyfriend, you two are my rocks. My cancer dudes and chicks, I’m blessed to have you come in my life. My cancer families, oncologists, nurses, childlife, all staff, you guys truly have become second family. Also everyone who’s come into my life through music (Cath, Susan, Ryan, Deb, Garth…), thank you for reminding me what my passion is, and for being such amazing people (and for picking such an awesome cause). Basically, I have an endless ammount of people to thank, and I am SO so so lucky. I will never take for granted all the great people I have around me (if I ever forget to mention you, I’m so so sorry, chemo brain’ll getcha!). Also, the friends I’ve lost along the way, not a day goes by when I don’t think about them. They truly are my role models, and I just keep reminding myself of how amazing they are whenever I have a bummer moment. They’re the reason why I’m doing this.
Told ya I was feeling cheesy! (Seriously, now I’ve got a MAD craving for brie. And pepper jelly. Holy foodgasm. Am I allowed to say that online?).
But yes, I’m feeling all inspired today, I’m liken’ it! I’ve been kinda in the dumps lately, but I think I’m finally getting out. Even wrote another song recently… Yay!
Off to finish packing for the weekend and go check on psycho puppy
Ciao for now,
PS- Finally got Microsoft Word (and various Microsoft upgrades) to my laptop… Huzzah, I’m a bit too stoked! You know you’re a nerd when.
When Megan McNeil sets her mind on something, you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to happen. Two weeks ago, she was in hospital battling painful side effects from her cancer treatments. Last week, she jumped out of a plane. That’s just how she rolls…
If you’d like a chance to hear Megan speak, now is your chance. This Saturday, Megan will be in Victoria speaking at “An Evening to Inspire,” hosted by The Young Entrepreneurs of Victoria. The evening is in support of BCCH, a top notch children’s hospital that has helped Megan, and one that is also connected to the charities she has chosen to benefit from her song The Will to Survive: The James Fund and BCCCPA.
Not going to be able to catch up with her live? Look for her on the CBC website, where The National and CBC’s Connect with Mark Kelley did features with her. Or, you might want to check out one of the twenty interviews she did last week with media outlets across the US, including Fox 4 Morning Blend and Las Vegas Morning Blend.
Megan will be spending this coming Friday with Canada AM for a featuring they are doing on her, airing in the coming weeks. You won’t want to miss that!
Wowwww oh wow, back to being suuper busy! What an aaamazing/whirlwind past week. Did the Satellite Media Tour last wednesday in Seattle, which was a BIG day… Basically I sat in the studio for a set ammount of hours and did a bunch of radio/TV interviews back to back during the time we had… Woke up at 3:20 that morning (yeah, I was a happy camper) and kept going until around 10… It was a looong morning for sure!
I think I did about 20 interviews, so not too shabby!
It was pretty cool too considering I’m looking into Broadcasting as a career choice and this was quite the tester to see if I’d like it… I’m impressed man, having that little earpiece where 5 people talk to you and then talking yourself is NOT easy! Helloooo ADD! Took some getting used to but once I got the hang of it it was a lot of fun!
Big thanks to Solving Kids Cancer for making this happen… I think we got a lot of awareness out there because of you guys, so HUGE thanks for making it possible.
What else is new in the life of Megan… I finally went skydiving!! Most amazing thing I’ve ever done… Screw pain killers, jumping out of a plane is where it’s at! Finally got the weather for it because it kept getting cancelled due to rain, so when the clouds burned off and blue sky showed up for Saturday we got preeeetty darn excited. Still can’t believe we did it! Saw Jack Johnson in concert the night before, he’s so good live… I love that guy!
So chill, and seems to be so genuinly in love with his wife… I absalutely love that (good ol’ hopeless romantic!). Also got a puppy!!! I am in extreeeme puppy love right now (where you think EVERY little thing she does is adorable, and your friends look at you like you’ve lost your marbles). She’s such a little monkey, I tell ya, but soo loveable it’s ridiculous. Her name’s Pepper and she’s a Schnoodle (isn’t that the coolest name you’ve ever heard? I should’ve just called her by her breed. It’s funny because with our last dog we were spoiled and got her at around 12 weeks, so we got the cute puppy stage but already fully trained… This one we’re defiantely getting all the puppy traits (good and bad!).
As for medical updates, I’ve been feeling a bit better lately which is nice! The shoulder/arm pain has subsided, so I still can’t move it above my shoulder (big bummer) but at least it’s not excruciating (legit man, I have a high pain tolerance, but this thing killed me)! Keeping everything crossed that this is just some flare up from the chemo/radiation combo and not just from radiation itself, as that could cause some problemos.. We’ll have to see. Also getting some liver pain again which always scares the bajeebies outta me. BUT!! Exciting stuff, I have a biopsy schedualed for this thursday (how sad, I’m stoked for a biopsy). Basically they’re doing it to study a bit of my tumor, and compare samples to the old ones and see if anythings changed and what not… It’s just super awesome that they actually get to study my crappy-uuber rare cancer and maybe get some basic questions answered.
But yeah, waiting on that to happen and then maybe starting another new game plan (treatments wise). We’ll test out one more round of the Gemcytabine to see if it’s still equally as evil and then go from there.
Anyways, off to check if the puppy has pooped (joy joy!)
Ciao for now,
PS- 16,384 hits on YouTube… Chikachikayeaaa!